As for the hurricane. . . stupid IKE. I want to go home. I want to be spoiled the way a new mom should be. . .at home in bed with my mom and Bo bringing me water and eating fun food that I don't have to cook or clean up. Instead I'm at my sister-in-laws (Bridget) brother's home with my parents and cousin's family, and Bridget's dad.
So on Thursday morning, after not even being home 24 hours, we packed up really quickly, with my parents in tow (they had come on Monday to help with the baby) and headed up to Sugarland. We only grabbed clothes and diapers and important documents. I didn't grab my wedding ring. For some reason Bo didn't take his laptop. I blame the forgetting on the fact that we had guests and we had JUST gotten home from the hospital. Oh well, we have our kids and that's all that matters.
We got to Sugarland fine, with no traffic or anything. On Friday night, the night of the storm, we lost power at about midnight. We still haven't gotten it back. We were with Bridget's Dad, and after a day with no air conditioning, we decided to head over to Clint's, Bridget's brother, because he had electricity, he lives in Katy. People, please don't ever EVER take electricity for granted. It was hard. IT was hot, the bathrooms were dark and had no water because they ran off an electric pump. All I can say is, thank goodness for food storage. Don and Carla, Bridget's parents, have a wonderful supply of food and snacks and water and everything. The prophet knows what he's talking about!!! I feel bad for all the people down here who don't have that.
It's crazy here. There's no gas, no electricity, nothing. People are lining up at the gas stations that do have gas, no joke. We went to a grocery store yesterday that happened to be open, and you wouldn't believe how empty all the shelves were. All the produce was gone. All the breads and lunch meats and well really everything was gone. WOW.
Bridget's aunt gave me tons of baby diapers as a baby gift yesterday, and it is wonderful. We didn't have time to get any of that before evacuating. I need things for breast feeding that none of the stores that were open had. It's just so weird not being able to just run to Walmart or some store and get what you need. There are really not that many places open because of the no electricity. I feel like I'm in some other country.
As for me. . .well I want to go home. I want my bed, my shower, my clothes, my baby's clothes, my food, my new couches and recliner that I was so looking forward to rocking my brand new baby in. I want my life. I am so grateful to the generosity of everyone around me. Bridget's family has been WONDERFUL. Still, what am I going to do in the upcoming days/weeks?
Galveston is closed. The bridge is COVERED in debris. There are a couple dozen boats among other things on it. There is no power, water, gas, anything on the island. They haven't even mentioned when they will let us in. The school sent an email out saying that UTMB doesn't expect power for 2 to 4 weeks and that school won't be open for a week. I find it hard to believe that they would be open before the power comes on. My guess is that they are just taking one week at a time, in hopes the power comes back earlier.
One of the news stations had a helicopter fly over Galveston, along the seawall, and we were able to see the tops of the apartments next to the ones that we live in. Their roofs look fine, which is a big relief to us. We live on the 3rd floor, so while we weren't worried about flooding, we were worried about losing the roof. Hopefully all of our belonging are fine. IF not, it's just material things, right???
We are talking about going to Washington for a couple of weeks. We don't have family in TX, and feel bad staying at someone else's for as much as we have. THe thought of using their hospitality for that long makes me upset. I need some stability. My child needs her checkups. Which she won't get here what with no power and everything. Crazy crazy crazy